In Brief

A contrarian view on the much vilified medium.

Our friends from the Norman Lear Center, one of the world’s leading think tanks and research institutions devoted exclusively to entertainment, is celebrating their 10th anniversary in style – with a list of ten good reasons why TV, the last remaining mass medium, is good for you: “We’ve heard the arguments: How TV is bad for us, how it’s linked to violence, the obesity epidemic, the dumbing down of culture. At the Norman Lear Center we’ve made it our business to study entertainment — televised and otherwise — and believe that whatever its downsides, TV also has much to contribute to a healthy, connected and well-informed society.“

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